Australia, May 26, 2016: After Japan, Cuba, Brazil and Turkey, the International Judo Federation just released the new episode of the #JudoforWorld series, which features the Judo Educational Journey through Australia in Oceania.
Developed three years ago, the purpose of ‘Judo Educational Journey’ is to promote the educational values and the philosophy of judo, to focus on the young generations and to show how judo can teach them skills for life to become better citizens.
In 2016, the IJF went to Australia and the Judo Educational Journey made several stops from Brisbane to Sydney via Bamaga in the tip of Australia and Melbourne and Adelaide. Therefore, four Australian provinces were visited (Queensland – Victoria – South Australia – New South Wales). The Australian episode of the Judo for the World series focuses on several characters, for who judo has been a life changer.
In Brisbane, a judo demonstration was organized inside the vicinity of the Parliament House with young girls who were experiencing the sport for the first time under the leadership of a Japanese coach. In Bamaga, the tour visited the Aboriginal community, where judo is well known as the sport which has the capacity to bring people together in a peaceful way.
In the Melbourne region, after a successful demonstration on the waterfront of Geelong, the tour met with one of the potential Australian Olympians of the upcoming Olympic Games.
Close to Adelaide, the fourth stop of the journey took place in the middle of the vineyard industry (Barossa Valley), where new judo clubs are about to be created. And to conclude the tour, the IJF met with the best athletes of the New South Wales province in Sydney.
Organized by the IJF and the Judo Federation of Australia, the tour was a great success. It demonstrated the diversity of judo throughout the country.
The next episodes of the Judo for the World Series will feature Zambia in Africa and Hungary in Europe. —- IJF